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... Authorization Act of 2005,4 and the national space policy presidential directive issued in 2006 have all served to redirect the program. The Vision sets forth a long-term robotic and human exploration program; the NASA Authorization Act of 2005 endorses the Vision and directs the 1 Participants at the 2003 workshop considered civil space to include all of NASA's human and robotic space programs; NOAA's meteorological and environmental satellite programs; the activities of commercial entities in support of the space programs of NASA, NOAA, and other civilian agencies; and commercial space activities.
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... A prominent concern among participants was that although the Vision was to be "pay as you go," shortfalls in the NASA budget had led the agency to reallocate resources toward pursuit of the Vision and away from other activities such as space and Earth science. Speakers argued that continued operational costs of the International Space Station, delayed phaseout of the space shuttle, costs of nearterm development of the next-generation space transportation system, and unbudgeted operational costs will all make the Vision increasingly unaffordable.
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... Internal factors include project delays, inadequate contingency funds, pressures for "full employment" at NASA centers, and defensive behavior by program managers and others when resources are scarce. External influences include competition from China and India, the emergence of climate and energy as major global issues, and likely continued federal budget deficits.
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... Participants also suggested that assessing balance requires recognition that different constituencies have different objectives for example, the scientific community measures much of its success in terms of progress toward goals such as those articulated in decadal surveys, whereas the aeronautics community measures progress in terms of responding to commercial and military air transport requirements. EARTH OBSERVING PROGRAMS Workshop discussion also addressed the role of Earth observations.
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... International Space Station in support of research and development for later human exploration; establishing a telepresence on the Moon; creating an environment of institutional stability in NASA's program elements; building globally inclusive working groups on direct missions to Mars, global change, and space science; and defining real, meaningful jobs for humans in space.

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